[The climate crisis] is a global social issue and one intimately related to the dignity of human life. The Bishops of the United States have expressed very well this social meaning of our concern about climate change, which goes beyond a merely ecological approach, because “our care for one another and our care for the earth are intimately bound together. Climate change is one of the principal challenges facing society and the global community. The effects of climate change are borne by the most vulnerable people, whether at home or around the world”.
Pope Francis, Laudate Deum #3
Touched by God’s Mercy and compassion and inspired by the Gospel and Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy advocate, educate and collaborate for environmental justice. Recognising the interconnectedness of all life, we acknowledge that our actions, choices, and lifestyles affect Earth’s climate, and thus have the capacity to diminish creation as well as to conserve and sustain it.
Mercy Global Action’s focus on climate reflects the recently established 8th Work of Mercy - Care for Our Common Home - which calls for “simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” and which “makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world” (Pope Francis).
In alignment with global scientific research, Mercy Global Action calls for an end to all fossil fuels, and campaigns for the transition to a sustainable food production system, a scaling up of CO2 removal and a genuine, committed approach to environmental and species protection. We believe that change needs to happen at all levels: in policy, in business and in our everyday lives.
Climate Advocacy Initiatives
Mercy Global Action is a regular advocate at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP), where we highlight experiences, research and stories shared by members of our global Mercy community, and call on decision makers to be accountable for policies that have a profound and far-reaching effect on our planet and its climate.
Our office coordinates yearly Task Forces that bring together experts from around the world in campaigning for justice for our oceans, forests and ecosystems. At the root of our activities is the conviction that we are all connected and that our choices do have an impact on our world and each other.
‘We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.’ (Laudato Si’ #229)